Ice rescue of deer in pond a first for local fire department

The Harmony Township Volunteer Fire Co. practices for these moments, but Thursday was “a first for us,” Chief Wes Garrison said.

A deer had broken through the ice on a pond in the 400 block of Allens Mill Road, Garrison said.

The doe “couldn’t stand up,” Garrison said, adding its rear legs were on the edge of the ice. “She kept dropping in.”

With two firefighters wearing protective suits, a metal boat “rigged up for ice rescues for years” was led out onto the snow-covered pond, Garrison said.

“It’s the first time we’ve used it” in an actual rescue, he said, although they …read more

Source: NJ.com Warren

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